Kingsmead Primary School


Name Kingsmead Primary School
Website http://www.kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 May 2012
Address Dukes Way, Kingsmead, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 8WA
Phone Number 01606288160
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 298 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Percentage Free School Meals 1.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.7%

Information about the school

Almost all pupils are White British in this average-sized primary school. A very small number are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. Several awards have been achieved by the school including the Eco Green Flag and Healthy School Status. The school meets the current floor standards which are the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Before- and after-school care is provided during term time. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. Excellent leadership and management have sustained and improved teaching quality and pupils’ achievement in all subjects. These improvements are underpinned by an outstanding curriculum which promotes exemplary behaviour and attitudes and is rich in opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. There is scope to make the organisation of the teaching of phonics (letters and sounds) even more effective, including the contribution made to it by adults in the school. The good progress seen in the Early Years Foundation Stage, from children’s broadly typical starting points, gathers momentum in Years 1 to 6. Attainment at the end of Year 2 is above average and well above average at the end of Year 6. This picture has been sustained since the previous inspection. The quality of teaching is outstanding and promotes at least good, and often rapid progress. Teachers’ imaginative planning and first-class subject knowledge ensure that the vast majority lessons are lively and enjoyable and challenge pupils’ skills and abilities exceptionally well. Pupils are highly positive in their attitudes to learning. They consistently demonstrate outstanding behaviour and relationships with others. They feel very safe in school. Their attendance is high and pupils make an excellent contribution to the life of the school. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, relentlessly pursue excellence in all of the school’s activities. A staff member commented on the pleasure it gave to work in a school where every member constantly sought improvement. Teaching performance is led and managed exceptionally well, through a rigorous programme of monitoring and support. Incisive self-evaluation and resulting actions by leaders drive the school’s capacity to sustain its quality of education. Parents and carers overwhelmingly support the school.